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Professional Networks Inc. (ProNets) of Galax has sold its Wiredog dial-up and high-speed Internet service to MGW Communications of Williamsville.
Wiredog has been the ISP portion of ProNets for more than 10 years.
MGW’s acquisition of Wiredog includes high-speed wireless & DSL, dial-up and the Independence Fiber network.
MGW Communications is a technology, Internet and telephone service provider “seeking to bring cutting edge technologies to the rural areas of Virginia,” according to a press release issued Wednesday by ProNets. The MGW family of companies has been in business since 1967.
John Ayers, president of ProNets, said the decision to sell Wiredog was difficult, as the ISP had been such a large part of the company.
The blue dog logo had become such a recognizable local icon, too. “Thanks to everyone for their dedication to Wiredog over the years,” Ayers said. “I am very pleased we have found him a good home. I’ll miss the little fella.”
Ayers said ProNets realized it could offer better service to business clients and MGW could provide better Internet service to Wiredog customers with this arrangement. “In the end, all of our customers win.”
He stresses that ProNets has not been sold. “ProNets is still owned and operated by the same folks that have been running the business for 13 years.”
Ayers expects ProNets’ services to improve as it devotes more time to networking and website clients. It will still offer home user computer repair, as well.
The ProNets office will remain at 307 Meadow Street in Galax, its location for the past two years.
The new Wiredog office will be located at 118 East Stuart Drive in Galax, the old Appliances of Quality/Vac Shop building.